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Iberdrola Renewables, Freebird Gas Storage sponsor school supplies in two Lamar County schools, joins fight against swine flu

Iberdrola Renewables, Freebird Gas Storage sponsor school supplies in two Lamar County schools, joins fight against swine flu

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September 10, 2009

LAMAR COUNTY, Ala. — Some 777 elementary school children will receive $5,000 worth of school supplies, including hand sanitizers to guard against swine flu, thanks to ENSTOR's Freebird Gas Storage Facility and Iberdrola Renewables.

In these tough economic times, a helping hand is always appreciated and 342 students at Vernon Elementary and 435 students at Sulligent Elementary will receive basic school supplies.

"Lamar County Sheriff's office alerted us at the Freebird Gas Storage Facility that the children lacked even basic safety supplies, such as hand sanitizers during this swine flu season," said David Lockhart, Freebird Operation Coordinator. "We knew we wanted to act as quickly as possible because the children are back in school already."

David Merchant, Operations Supervisor and the Freebird Staff presented $2,500.00 checks to John Crestman of Sulligent Elementary and Tracy Mixon of Vernon Elementary.

"We care about the health and safety of our local communities," said Ralph Currey, President and CEO of Iberdrola Renewables. "The medical industry says one of the best ways to prevent the spread of flu is by keeping hands clean. In this case, safety truly is in our hands."

ENSTOR Operating Co. LLC is the owner and operator of Freebird, an affiliate of Iberdrola Renewables. Iberdrola Renewables is the world's leading provider of wind power with more than 3,000 MW in the US. Iberdrola Renewables owns more than 600 MW of clean, gas-fired generation. The company also owns 72.5 BCF of gas storage and has another 80 BCF of gas storage under contract in the US and Canada.

Contact: Art Sasse, Director, Communications & Brand, Iberdrola Renewables, 503-796-7740
Paul Copleman, Media Relations, Iberdrola Renewables, 207-641-2805


About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit


About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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